The IEA supports international energy technology research, development, deployment, and knowledge transfer through multilateral groups (formally known as Implementing Agreements or 'IAs'). The experts participating in the activities of the Implementing Agreements represent public and private sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies.
Launched earlier this year by the Demand-Side Management initiative (DSM IA), the DSM University, or DSM-U, is targeted at a wide and varied audience including policymakers, managers and programme implementers. At the heart of the DSM-U are the webinars. These are developed by Leonardo Energy, an initiative of DSM IA participant, the European Copper Alliance. Focus is on six major themes that cover the key aspects of DSM and allow anyone to find information on their areas of interest. The web-based programme also includes a variety of task reports, issue reports, blogs, e-learning and much more. Visit the website for further information.
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN IA) is hosting its 4th International Smart Grid workshop, to take place in Montreal on 1 October. Speakers will present examples showing how smart electric grids are being modernised for the management of electricity demand, integration of growing supplies of both utility-scale and distributed, small-scale renewable energy systems, and accommodation of an increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. More...
As many of the Demand-Side Management initiative (DSM IA) projects have discovered, the market 'failure' of energy efficiency is often due to the vagaries of human behaviour and choice. The best ideas, policies and programmes have been shown to fail again and again in achieving their desired outcomes. The current social and policymaking norm is still not to see energy saving behaviour as a major priority in achieving a transition to a sustainable system. DSM IA Task 24 - Closing the Loop - sets out to investigate further in order to provide clear recommendations to policymakers and demand-side management implementers. Learn more in the recently published report downloadable here.
The lessons learned and best practices presented in the twelve case studies that make up the Demand Side Management Case Book from the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN IA), provide qualitative insights into the complexity of deploying demand-side management initiatives. They also incorporate various program and policy mechanisms and include information on costs and the associated business cases for investment. In doing so, each study points out opportunities, pitfalls, and best practices in developing and deploying those technologies that can help stakeholders replicate successes and avoid costly missteps. Download here.
The ISGAN IA and the Global Smart Grid Federation have announced the winners of the inaugural Award of Excellence for 2014, the theme of which was consumer engagement and empowerment. To learn more about the award and the winning projects visit the website.